Merry’s christmas cookies

Ho ho ho! It’s that time of the year again where we probably allow ourselves to indulge more than usual. If you read my blog then you’ll be aware that I’ve recently changed my culinary habits. Rather than succumbing to ready made foods, I try to make more home cooked meals. So with that in mind, I’ve made some cookies for the very first time. I am never loyal to a recipe though. I always change things as I go along. I know the rule should be obeyed in baking but even there I’ve managed to tweak things a bit. I love authentic spicy notes and I think we can’t go wrong with them as far as the season is concerned. They add warmth and I’d argue they also ward off nasty bugs. I played around with a recipe and here is what I came up with. 

You’ll need..

300g plain flour · 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda· 2 teaspoons ground ginger · 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon · 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves ·100g unsalted butter · 100g brown sugar · 3 tablespoons golden syrup

The fun part..

 Set the oven at 180°C, layer a baking tray with grease paper

Mix all the dry ingredients 

 In a pan, melt the sugar, butter and syrup 

Pour the gooey mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix and roll out. Cut into desire shapes 

*The thinner you roll out the dough the harder and the crispier the cookies, so all depends on your taste.. 

Melt the sugar, butter and syrup

Mix to obtain a dough that you can rollout. The consistency will vary according to how much butter and sugar you use. On this dough, I used 125g butter as in recipe but In the past I’ve also used 100g butter and the cookies were yummy.

Cut into desired shapes. I used a christmas cookie cutter

Bake in the oven at 180°C for 12 minutes

You can decorate as you like. I just mixed some of my cookies with icing sugar (which I just pounded myself so it’s not so fine) or alternatively you can dip them into melted chocolate. Up to you.

Why not put some cookies in a jar and visit a darling friend? It’s christmas. Time for sharing.

 

Enjoy your merry christmas cookies!

4 comments

  1. We have a Christmas tradition here where we make cookies on Christmas Eve then snack on it for a few days. (I only make cookies twice a year!)
    You did great making cookies as a first timer. This is a great gift idea. Handmade gifts and homemade cooking are always the winner!

  2. Sounds like a tradition observed in many places 🙂 In Germany almost every family I visited the last few years had a tray of cookies on the table, all homemade and so tasty!
    I’d love to have your discipline. In your position I think I would have baked cookies more than twice a year.
    Thanks for the compliment Gladys. In the past I would have just bought them, but baking is fun and like you said, its a great gift idea.

  3. OMG Marie! This post is so perfect that I almost could smeel the cookies on this side 🙂 It screems “Christmas hapiness” so loud, my dear!
    I always make coconut cookies with my boys on Christmas, it’s kind a tradition for us at this time of the year. It’s a BIG mess in the kitchen but it’s worth it!
    I will try your cookies ( I don’t know if I will be successful…) and will tell T’s all about you.

    Love,

    Isabel

  4. Olá Isabel, you are so sweet and you totally resonate ‘motherly love’ all the way 🙂
    I can imagine it being bags of fun in your home with the T’s baking cookies 🙂 As you put it, its worth it. I think those family moments are priceless, real joy, real fulfilment – nothing beats that.
    I think that’s what Christmas is for. Sharing those precious family moments. I wish you a joyful one queried Isabel xoxo

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